Rajon Rondo, the all-star point guard for the Boston Celtics, is the subject of a rumored trade with the Dallas Mavericks, according to sources.

Rondo has been an all-star the majority of his career with the Celtics. However, following the moves made by General Manager Danny Ainge that sent the aging superstars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen elsewhere, Rondo has been left with a subpar supporting cast and the Celtics have come out of the gate with a 9-18 record for the season. Rondo is averaging 8.3 points per game this year, but more importantly, over 10 assists on the 2014-15 campaign.

Rondo tore his ACL in January of 2013, sidelining him for a year and, some fear, slowing him down a step. With the Celtics poor record and the general malaise surrounding the rebuilding franchise, the 28-year old is on the market, with the Dallas Mavericks emerging as the frontrunners in the trade rumor mill.

But the Mavericks are not the only ones involved in trying to acquire Rondo’s talents. The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers are also in the mix, as it was recently reported that Kobe Bryant met with Rondo. While the meeting was allegedly a friendly breakfast, many see it as a recruiting meeting of sorts. However, the Lakers are one of the worst teams in the Western Conference and have very little to offer in regards to trades.

The Rockets seem like an outside chance at this point, with very few trade chips as well. The Mavericks, who are 19-8 on the season but are struggling for point guard consistency, have a few options. Aside from their big starting four of Dirk Nowitzki (who is never going anywhere), Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler, and Chandler Parsons, the Mavericks have a bevy of point guards and bench players that could be included in trades.

Backup point guard Devin Harris, who is a solid backup, is one option. The Mavericks also have Jameer Nelson, who is struggling at the point, and Raymond Felton, who has yet to make an appearance with Dallas due to suspensions and injuries. The biggest rumor regarding the Mavericks, however, comes in the form of backup center Brandan Wright. Wright is averaging 8.8 points per game and 4.1 rebounds in a backup role. More importantly, his shooting percentage is north of 70% and he averages 1.56 blocks per game, good for one of the best in the league.

Wright coupled with future draft picks may be enough to get Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks. Talks are reportedly heating up between the two teams. In response to the trade rumors, a source has said Rondo would be willing to re-sign with the Mavericks or Houston Rockets after his contract expires at the end of the season.

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